Showing posts from January, 2013

Footing at UNESCO’s World Heritage Zone in Georgetown, Penang

Exploring the UNESCO’s World Heritage Zone of Penang by foot can give you a different experience and some personal touch and special memory to you. You may start your first visit to Kapitan Keling Mosque which is situated along Kapitan Keling road which is famous with money lenders companies. This mosque was built on 19th century with very unique shapes, without any curve or rounded domes.
Little India From the mosque, you can walk to Beach Street which will head you to Little India of Penang. At this street you can see many stalls and hawkers selling Indian savouries such as Vadeh and Samosa besides snack such as Maruku.
From Beach Street, go ahead to Queen Street where you can hear loud Indian song played from nearby DVD or CD shops. Along this street you may see many Indian shops selling Indian traditional costumes, fancies accessories, gold jewelleries, and decorative items. This area is very photographic and you should not miss any of the view as you never know what you will see i…

The Simplicity and the Colours of Bac Ha Sunday Market, Lao Cai Province, Northern Vietnam

Visiting  to tribal Sunday Market is such bringing yourself to a movie set with ethnic minority women  attired in complex and colourful traditional dress, small little stalls, scruffy tents and umbrellas. This was totally a different world for people who already get used with city life.

The Tribal Market Bac Ha Sunday Market is located in Lao Cai province and claimed as of the most attractive market in South East Asia. On every Sunday, various hill tribes from the mountainous district of Bac Ha such as Hmong, Zay and Red Dzao will present in this market. Every weekend, they need to hike or cross the mountain or hill by walk or on horse to bring their goods such as vegetable, sugarcane, fruits, wine and other jungle products to the market.

Besides, they are also selling buffaloes, cows, pigs, poultries, dogs and some exotic animals too. Not to mention, they are not only sell the dog alive as some of them are selling dog meat which is one of popular dish among local people.

The Bac Ha’s S…

The "Lost in Time" of Cherating, Pahang, Malaysia

Cherating is located in the border of Kuantan and Terengganu, the East Coastal part of Peninsular Malaysia. Along the way from Kuantan town to Cherating, you will enjoy the stunning view of fishing villages, beautiful shores, coconut trees and typical Malay daily activities.

To-date, Cherating beach still a popular holiday spot among Malaysian to spend public holiday or weekend with family and friends. There are numbers of three and four stars hotel in Cherating besides a reasonable guesthouse for you to choose. Due to public transportation difficulties in Cherating, it is a good idea to stay in a resort with all in house services such as restaurant, recreation facilities and beach activities.
Looking for more adventures, you may choose to stay at any guesthouse is which located along the main road of Cherating beach. Most of the guesthouse normally are integrated with a restaurant business with selection of Malay food and basic western dishes. Guesthouse normally will cost you around M…

Southeast Asia Highest Mountain: Mount Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

One of the tourism attraction in Sabah especially among nature lovers is Mount Kinabalu. This highest mountain in South East Asia in between the Himalayas and Puncak Jaya. With 4101 meter above the sea level, this mountain is one of the must climb mountain in Asia especially for those who are into long hard mountain climbing.
When climbing this mountain, you can the different of nature surface from the base to the coniferous forest before you can face to oak forest, alpine meadow before ending up with a massive granite area at the peak.
How to Get There?
The Kinabalu Park headquarter is located in about 88 kilometres from Kota Kinabalu. There are numbers of daily flights from Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Japan and Hong Kong to Kota Kinabalu. Next, you can go to this Kinabalu Park by chartered car rental, express bus or minivan. 
Express Bus Route: Kota Kinabalu - Ranau - Sandakan From Kota Kinabalu to Kinabalu Park: 3 hours Departure Time: Starts at 7.30am (4 times daily) Price: MYR20/person

Sandakan - Sepilok's Orang Utan Rehab Centre, Sabah, Malaysia

At first, Sandakan might look like a boring place to pay a visit. The fact, there are several attractions in this beautiful mix of waterfront and green city. There are several flights by Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia from Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan daily. Besides, visiting the city, Sandakan is a popular base for trip to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre and the checkpoint for Kinabatangan River expedition.
Where to stay?
Sandakan town consisted of a good mix of budget, boutique and stars accommodations with price start from RM50 up to RM300 per night. Visitors can choose to stay at waterfront areas with great sea view at Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan or enjoy the service and magnificent rainforest view of Sabah Hotel, which is also one of the oldest hotel in Sandakan. Optionally, you can walk along the waterfront area or zooming in Bandar Fajar for budget or boutique accommodations choices.  
Sight-seeing in Sandakan
Sandakan Memorial ParkFor me, this memorial …

Quick Escape at Kapas Island, Malaysia.

If you plan to go to Kuala Terengganu from Kuala Lumpur, you may choose to stay for one night at Kapas Island in Marang, 24 kilometres from Kuala Terengganu.”Kapas” or cotton in Malay is referring to the island itself which is covered with pure white beaches as the trademark for the island itself. The distance from Marang’s jetty to Kapas Island is about 5 kilometres or 15 minutes journey by speed boat.
Marang It is good to get to know about Marang city. This is the place where you can get your food stuff in case you mind to pay for “island goods price”. Basically, Marang city is a combination of fishing villages and turn to be a favourite stopover for travellers to East Coast Malaysia. There are numbers of Malay restaurants nearby the Marang Jetty. If you arrive on Sunday evening, there is a night market which is started around 3.00pm next to Marang Bus Station or 100meter from the jetty. You can get various of Malay food  in the market such as Nasi Dagang (local rice specialty), Sat…

The Chronicle of Bánh

Bánh is Vietnamese word which can be translated as “cake” or “bread”. It can be considered as varieties of sweet savory cakes, bun, pastries, sandwich and many more Vietnamese foods. The bánh can be cooked by steaming, baking, boiling or deep-frying and normally made by rice or wheat flour. There are some noodles and fish cake dishes which are also called as bánh.
Bánh khọt

Bánh khọt or molded rice cake is a special dish from southern Vietnam, particularly in Vung Tau city. This Bánh khọt is made of milled rice flour, coconut milk, seasoned with salt and sugar. After being stuffed with shrimp, it’s fried by using steel molder to give a standard small round shape. This dish is very suitable for breakfast together with raw vegetable, fresh chilies and shrimp paste.

Bánh Cuốn
Bánh cuốn or Vietnamese steamed rice rolls are made from a thin and wide sheet of steam fermented rice batter which filled with seasoned ground pork, shallots and mushrooms. This dish will come with side dishes such as …

Backpacking in Style, No Bare foot please!!!

I love to travel. When spending time touring by bus, or sipping coffee at side walk cafes, I like to see other backpacker’s attire particularly their grooming while travelling.
I always see many travellers didn’t care about their foot when travelling. Dry skin, untrimmed toenails, and bare foot are always a common scene when travelling in South East Asia.
Feet Caring TipsBoys and girls, lets travel in style and clean foot will make you healthier and feel better. Whenever you travel in South East Asia, there are many foot spa and massage available for you to choose in backpacker areas with reasonable price. Besides, you can do your own pedicure at home such as trimming your toenails and exfoliating the dead skin. The best practise to remove dead skin on your toe is when your skin is dry. NEVER let someone else to cut any part of your foot skin or even worst by using razor. This can cause serious foot injury which will make your travelling inconvenience. Wash  your foot daily with warm wa…

Visiting Vinpearl Land Resort & Spa, Nha Trang, Vietnam

The Vinpearl Land or formerly known as Vietnamese Pearl Resort is a very huge five stars resort, spa, entertainments complex which is located on Hon Tre Island, or 2 miles from Nha Trang beach in Khanh Hoa province, Central Vietnam.

Since a decade, Vinpearl Land had attracted thousands of local and international tourists for family activities, enjoying the panoramic ocean view and many more.
Attraction in Vinpearl LandAggressive tourism injection had welcome couples, families and kids to choose Vinpearl Land as their holiday destination. Adult visitors can enjoy the fine dining experience, shopping, having good drinks at the bar and clubs while kids will enjoy the theme park, animal show or walking by the aquarium. The good point is, visitors still can enjoy the facilities in Vinpearl even they are not staying in the resort.

The five star resort: With 485 rooms, The Vinpearl resort is the biggest resort and spa in Vietnam. All the rooms have a very detail interior and setting for custome…